Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Finds from our Spring Clothing Shopping Expedition

Monday was 50% off day at Value Village, so we headed out to do our big spring clothing shopping trip. Hubby and I are pretty well fixed for clothes right now, so we were mainly looking for clothes for the boys, who have either outgrown or worn out most of their spring and summer clothes from last season!

It was total chaos at the Value Village - our timing was not great and I think we managed to hit the after school crowd - but we managed to survive the experience and came home with the following:

Six pairs of shorts (all for the boys) and two swimsuits (one for my 12 year old son and one for hubby, who desperately needed a replacement for his ancient suit). The cost of these items ranged from $1.50 to $4.00, with the total spent on shorts and swimsuits (before taxes) coming to $22.50.

My 12 year old son is starting to develop "champagne taste" when it comes to clothes and is becoming extremely label-conscious, providing an additional challenge when it comes to finding him clothes that he deems acceptable. He's quite fixated on Abercrombie and Fitch at the moment,  and he managed to find two of their sweaters that fit him, making him a happy camper (and I was happy with the prices; $1.50 and $4.00). My 14 year old picked up a really good quality black fleece pullover (not pictured) for $7.50.We also found 7 new T-shirts for the boys, ranging from $2.00 to $2.50 in price. The before-tax total for sweaters and T-shirts came to $28.50.

Finally, my 12 year old son found himself yet another pair of black sneakers (pretty much the only colour he considers acceptable these days). His current pair is starting to show some signs of wear, and sine he is constantly playing one sport or another with his friends all summer long, I wanted to make sure he had a backup pair when the current ones bite the dust. These cost $10.00. Thankfully both boys still have flip flops or sandals in good condition that we picked up on clearance at the end of last season, so they should now have adequate footwear to make it through the summer months.

The grand total for the day, with taxes, came to $68.81 for 19 items of clothing, or an average of  $3.62 an item. 

This trip was a real headache-inducing experience, but after I reminded myself how much money we saved for enduring two hours of chaos, it was definitely worth the effort! I *am* glad we only do this a couple times of year, though :) 

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